The thing what we call “government” is actually a bunch of people who decided to be a politician instead of other things like an engineer or a doctor. Since they are people, just like us, they sometimes do or decide stupid things and it is okay to make mistakes, right? However, when the mistake you’ve made influence lots of people, you sort of need to be more careful before say or do anything stupid. Actually, all governmental systems are designed by people, they are not divine or immune to mistakes so these mistakes tend to happen often, actually very often these days.
When the government, we can also call them a bunch of politicians, do stupid things, the concerned citizens can’t stand back and do nothing. While some people just criticize government by watching TV without leaving their seats, some of them need to criticize the government loud enough to make them hear. They feel like they need to declare the stupid mistakes to the government because if they don’t, these politicians believe what they do is always right and they relentlessly decide and do stupid things. Even if I am the type that criticizes everything without leaving my seat, I am also grateful that some people do more than that and be my voice in the crowd. I am also fully aware of the fact that we need this kind of people, just like we need government.
These concerned citizens come in all shapes and sizes so some of them might get little carried away when they find themselves in the middle of the battlefield. I call it “battlefield” because there are two sides, one of them is held by citizens and the other side of the field is held by the government; I am talking about police forces. Their primary goal is to keep us safe and maintain order but they can’t do that when concerned citizens get carried away because at that point, these concerned citizens become “protesters”. While protesting maybe their right as citizens, no doubt that it is also my right to walk with my friends and families while enjoying the sounds of birds, which I can’t do while protesters block my path home and invite me (and my family) to protest with them. So being “protester” and being “concerned citizen” are different things and I think police forces should intervene to stop protesters that violate other citizens’ rights. Sometimes police forces can also get carried away and then we see these views in the news.
Most of them are from “Gezi Park” protests and I have no idea if anyone got seriously injured during these shots but they are definitely spectacular to watch: